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A 42-year-old Benton woman stopped a Union Pacific train for nearly an hour Thursday, but escaped unharmed, according to a Benton police report.
Along with police, Benton firefighters and the Saline Memorial Ambulance Service employees responded to the area of Edison Avenue and Gray Street about 4:40 p.m. for a call of a woman possibly struck by a train.
Union Pacific engineer Willie Holt and conductor Steve Blasengame said in the report that while traveling north on the railroad tracks, they noticed a white female lying near the tracks with her head resting on a railroad tie. Holt blew the emergency whistle and engaged the brake, the report said, but the woman reportedly did not respond.
The report noted that the train stopped a half-mile from the point where the brake was applied.
Officers Eric Porter and Sgt. Hanley Taylor noted that a visibly intoxicated woman, later identified as Tina R. Plummer of the 1200 block of Gray Street, was still lying near the tracks when they arrived. Porter said a man also was pulling Plummer from under the right side of the stopped train and was ordered to stop.
Porter said he detected a "strong odor of intoxicants" on Plummer's breath and when he asked if she was OK, she replied "(expletive deleted) yes, I was just resting" and "hell, no, I'm not on the tracks."
SMH medical personnel said Plummer was not injured, according to the incident report.
Plummer was charged with public intoxication and criminal trespass.
As of press time, Plummer remains in the Saline County jail. She is scheduled to appear in a bond hearing today in Benton District Court.